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Navigating through “Dark Ages” of Automated Vehicle Deployment

Yafeng Yin, Ph.D.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


The deployment of automated vehicles (AVs) is rapidly approaching with a push from governments who are relaxing laws to allow AVs on highways, and industry, both manufacturers and mobility service providers, who are heavily investing on the development of the technology and its applications. However, at the early stage of AV deployment, AVs likely compromise the efficiency and safety of transportation systems. For the lack of a better word, we refer to this period as the “dark age” of the AV deployment. In this talk, we argue that policies and controls can be developed to substantially shorten the duration of the ”dark age” and create an upward spiral for AV deployment. The policies discussed in this talk include standards for AV adoption, subsidies to accelerate the advancement and diffusion of AVs, infrastructure adaptation to support automated driving, and participatory traffic control to utilize AVs in the traffic stream as control actuators to maximize the benefits of AVs.

Biographical Profile

Dr. Yafeng Yin is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He works in the area of transportation systems analysis and modeling and has published more than 130 refereed papers in leading academic journals. His current research focuses on connected and automated mobility systems. He currently serves as Area Editor of Transportation Science, Associate Editor of Transportation Research Part B: Methodology, and Department Editor of Service Science and was the Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies between 2014 and 2020. Dr. Yin received his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 2002, his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 1996 and 1994 respectively. Prior to his current appointment at the University of Michigan, he was a faculty member at the University of Florida between 2005 and 2016, a postdoctoral researcher, and then assistant research engineer at the University of California at Berkeley between 2002 and 2005. Between 1996 and 1999, he was a lecturer at Tsinghua University. Dr. Yin has received recognition from different institutions, including the Monroe-Brown Foundation Education Excellence Award from the University of Michigan, a Doctoral Mentoring Award from the University of Florida, the Outstanding Leadership Award by the Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA), and the Stella Dafermos Best Paper Award and the Ryuichi Kitamura Paper Award from Transportation Research Board.

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